(1916 – 1964)

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SPORT | Minor Baseball, Minor Hockey

POSITION | Executive Member, Coach

YEAR OF INDUCTION | 2004

Builders

Babcock, Ross

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Ross, in the early 1950’s Chatham Minor Hockey and Chatham Minor Baseball Associations were in their infancies. Ross Babcock was one of the leaders who stepped forward and used his organizational skills to improve both organizations at the executive level and at the coaching level. For almost 5 years from 1950 to 1955, he was responsible for implementing many positive changes to the fledgling groups, but unfortunately because of 2 heart attacks, the second one being fatal, his efforts, although extremely significant, were cut short. Ross was born in Newbury, Ontario in 1916 and passed away in Chatham in November 1964 at the age of 48.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Chatham Minor Hockey

1950 to 1955 – coached teams each year

1952 became a director of Minor Hockey, in 1953 was chosen as vice-president, and in 1954 was president – during this period, chaired committees to set up a grading system for players, to provide rules of conduct, and to set up general rules for the association

Represented Chatham at the Ontario Minor Hockey Conference, organized first referee pool, organized a dinner of appreciation for coaches, managers, and referees, was registrar, and was in charge of publicity and allocation of extra ice time

Proposed and helped implement the concept of a full-time coach for all teams – after first heart attack in February of 1955, resigned as chairman

1960 after returning to the CMHA, proposed, with Bob Ostrom, and then chaired a committee to implement a clinic system to teach skills to all youngsters – also recommended splitting leagues into A and B categories so that players were competing at equal levels, having all-star teams from one level compete against teams from a higher level, and wearing same colour uniforms for all all-star teams



Chatham Minor Baseball

950 to 1955 – coached teams every year, including 1953 Bantams who won first OBA Championship for CMBA – as well, convened one of the houseleagues each year

1952 served as president of the Association – during this period, was instrumental in getting Jaycees to provide funds to build Jaycee Park for the squirt league, and in getting the Kinsmen to build diamonds at Kinsmen Park for pee wee baseball

Proposed the hiring of a professional coach and in 1953 Jack Fairs was hired which led to CMBA teams becoming extremely successful at the provincial level of competition


Awards & Recognitions

1951 – was Charter Member of Chatham Minor Hockey Association

1952 – was named Kinsman of the Year

August 1, 1952 Chatham Daily News Sportsman of the Week

1955 was made Life Member of CMHA

1965 – hockey trophy for Squirt League was renamed Ross Babcock Memorial Trophy

1968 – new North Side Park was renamed Ross Babcock Memorial Park by City Council